on 25 November 2006
These three symphonies tend to be regarded by the Haydn experts as slightly second-rate. Harnoncourt doesn't agree, and gives them stonking performances, with separated violins, all repeats, and even C alto horns in Symphony 30 (which nobody else does). The result is that these three symphonies leap out of the speakers at you as fascinating and gripping examples of the developing Haydn's art. And look at the price!